Friday, 1 April 2011

Tunnel vision for Leeds

Kasper Schmeichel insists there should be no distractions as Leeds United look to clinch promotion back to the Premier League.United go head to head with sixth placed Nottingham Forest on Saturday for a game that could see Simon Grayson's side move a step closer towards their goal.The manager is refusing to write off second place - United are six points behind Norwich City - but while victory could close the gap on the Canaries on Saturday, it would also be a big boost as United look to cement a spot in the Play-Offs.
Over 30,000 will be at Elland Road on Saturday and as expectations mount, the goalkeeper says it's important the team remains focused."I came here thinking that this was a chance to get promoted and everyone else thinks the same," he said."The chance is there and it's up to us to grasp it and not lot exterior things affect us or influence us too much."I don't really read papers and I try and stay away from that sort of thing because it can build up inside people heads so I think we have to stick what we know, stick together.
"We've shown in the past we're a good team and we know what we want to do."Unsurprisingly, Kasper is quick to play down suggestions about the importance of Saturday's clash with Forest.
"I wouldn't put extra emphasis on this one, because they're all important," he said. "The clich├ęs are that every game is important and that it's the business end of the season, and we have to step up to the plate and show what we are about."

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